In the Diamondbacks’ 7-6, 12-inning, loss to the Cubs last night, Paul Goldschmidt hit his 22nd home run of the season and the 50th of his career.
While this really is no big deal, I mention it because next on the Arizona all-time home run list is Tony Clark.
Yesterday, Clark was named deputy executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, a new position that will feature more interaction with union head Michael Weiner who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last August and whose condition, sadly, is worsening.
“I am honored by this appointment and consider it a privilege to be in a position to work more closely with Michael Weiner,” Clark, 41, said in a press release.
“I also look forward to continue working with all our members and the entire union staff, and together we will maintain our standing as one of the best labor organizations in the country.”
After 15 years as a major leaguer, Clark joined the MLBPA in March 2010 as director of player relations. In his time with the union, he has helped negotiate the league’s most recent labor agreement and expanded the MLBPA’s membership communication and education, the release said.
“Tony’s rise within the union will come as no surprise to those who know him,” Weiner said in the release. “It was clear from the moment Tony joined the MLBPA that his on-field experience and passion for the fraternity of players would make him a tremendous advocate for all who play the game.”
All-time Diamondbacks home run leaders